DEAD LANDS (THE)
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi, a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior, a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
Toronto International Film Festival, 2014
BFI London International Film Festival, 2014
Canberra International Film Festival
Brisbane Film Festival
New Zealand Film and TV Awards
Best Make-Up Design in a Feature Film
Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects
"Toa Fraser’s dazzling action adventure is an imaginative voyage through a time of violent emotions."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"An amazing accomplishment [...] For those willing to take the journey, The Dead Lands proves to be a memorable, rewarding experience."
"An energetic, glossy and exciting New Zealand Maori action-adventure, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands is a fast-paced tale of honour and revenge that doesn’t shirk when it comes to offering up bone-crunching battles and blood-thirsty martial arts scenes."
"Respectful of the past and refreshingly original in location and locale, The Dead Lands is a worthy champion among the cinema of primitive pugilists."
SOUND ON SIGHT